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May 1, 1983

THE LESLIE WILKERSON FAMILY MISSIONARIES TO THE PHILIPPINES P 0 Box 567

Princeton, IN 47670

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Larry W. Jamison, Director

GTO Evangelizing Association

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Princeton, In 47670

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Sharlotte Ray

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Leslie & Rosie Wilkerson

%Alexandra Enriques 208 F Manalac, San Rogue Cavite City, Philippines 2705

Make checks payable to GTQ, ear-marked for Wilkefson's.

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"SEEKING TO OBEY THE GREAT COMMISSION AND TAKE THE GOSPEL INTO ALL THE NATIONSl"

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in America;

April 11, 1983

Only by your help and support can we stay in the Philippines! But please for

give me for taking so long to get this report out to you.

We are all fine, other

than the usual colds and fever which is normal for these earthly bodies.

Psalms 9:1 says "I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart!" Namely:

(1) For the blessing of health. (2) For the blessing of safety. (3) For the bles

sing of being accepted by the brothers and sisters here. (4) For the blessing of all

who continue to pray for us and send their support and letters of encouragement. We do receive them; we just need to get better in answering them. (5) For the blessing of the approval of our permanent resident visas, which means as long as God can use us here we can stay without renewing our visas every one or two years, like the rest of the missionaries do. (6) For the blessing of a service jeep that we are buying

on payments for $2,000,^ j_f any of you would care to help us with some extra sup

port for this, it would sure help us in a big way. X^) For the blessing of being

able to preach the gospel of Jesus in English and be understood. Yes, I will still

need to learn Filliplno anyway, and start lessons June 8th. (8) For the blessing of

our-family being able to adjust to the food, waterr, weather, and people here;-our children are already learning the language and have made many new friends^ (9) For

the blessing of a forwarding agent like Larry Jamison and his wife Barbara, and all

the hard work they do for us.

complaining about what we don't have, thank God for what we do have!

May

we all learn to be like Jesus, and instead of

I want to tell you what we have been doing from December thru March. I will also tell you much about Ben Sales, the Filipino preacher, I work with so much. He has sacrificed much for the cause of N.T. Christianity here.

December 1-5, Ben and my family preached in Mariveles Bataan. We learned it was

named for two lovers; Mary from a rich family and Veles from a poor family, and both

families were against their marriage. Finally, the rich family had Veles killed, and Mary was so heart-broken she went into the mountains to grieve, and died up in the mountains. The villagers point out that the mountains resemble the figure of a woman and thus it was named Mariveles. Across the bay is Corrigadore, an American and Filipino military base during ViW II. There the Ja;anese captured many and put them to death, marching the rest to Manila and enroute killing many more. The name of

it is "Bataan Death March" and markers along the way commemorate the story. Our

visit greatly encouraged the Church of Christ there, and one other Church in Balanga.

The Balanga Church meets in the home of Bro. Edong, who started it. As we were the first American missionaries to visit them, we were received warmly!!

We returned to Cavite City very tired, but continued December 6-10 in house to

house evangelizing with no results, but seed was planted. Dec. 12 I preached in

Zion Bible Church, a Pentecostal group, at their request with no results. In the evening I preached at Caradad Church of Christ and on Dec. 13 we baptized Cheley,

Gina, Joni, and Ona, into Christ according to Acts 2:38. There were all relatives

of my wife, Rosie. Pray that Satan won't be able to destroy this beginning. Dec. 14 thru 17 we preached a Christmas crusade at Dinalupian Bataan, combining the effort

of all the Churches of Christ in the area, and the result of all our preaching, we rejoice that 22 were baptized into Christ!

December 19 I preached at Caradad, and was so surprised to find Charles and Florence Littell, our fellow-missionaries on the Island of Mindanao. After morning services, we went to dinner together and spent the day sharing with them about the work. Their reason for being in our area was that their son Matt and family were to have arrived in Manila International Airport to join them in their work in Mindanao, but because of Visa problems they were not allowed to come, and to this day they

are still not here. I am sure Charles and Florence would appreciate your prayers

on this matter.

The rest of December I spent preaching through out the Cavite providence. On

December 31 we had a special service at Caradad Church of Christ and ordained some

Elders and Deacons. We had previously ordained others, so this was not our first

ordination service. We also ordained Bro. Ben Sales, and thus brought the year to

and end and what a great way way to end it!!

January 1 & 2, preached and broak bread. January 3-14 "Woe, woe, is me", as

I came down with fever, body aches, horrible depression, and no apparent reason for

the attack and I just could not shake it.

But thanks be unto Dod I survived and re

covered. Rosie was like the woman spoken of in Proverbs 31 with her care and love.

From Jan 15-22 I spent working furiously on my financial reports for income

tax reports for Larry and the IRS. records keeping.

As the years go

by, I hope I can do

better in iny

January 23 I preached at Economia Church of Christ, and 24 thru 28 worked and prepared for the Mexico Paganga Youth Rally, and on 29th and 30 preached at Bethany Church of Christ in Tagayty Cavite with a message on encouragement. That afternoon

we meet with brethren from Talon Church of Christ to talk about starting a new Church

in Amadeo Cavite. Plans were made to begin the work and from Feb 1-11 house to house calling and Bible Study was conducted. February 12-14 we spent at Talon Cavite having a seminar on evangelism with those who would be Involved in the new work in Amadeo. We were supposed to be conducting the seminar on Evangelism, but at the

conclusion learned they had already prepared and would have preferred one on

preparing for an evangelistic crusade. I don't know how this mistake was made, but regardless we made plans for a revival to be at Talon Feb 28-March 6, and as a result

of this revival, 17 souls were baptized into Jesus. Since the revival, we have been

working house to house, as well as having preaching in the house the Talon Church

rented for this work.

help from members from the Talon Church helping. As of now, no more new one have

been added. We are in Amadeo from Monday thru Friday, and this leaves the weekends

open for other speaking engagements, which Ben and I have been preaching. Each time we go to a new place, we find out about some other new place for preaching the gospel but I must admit there is too much to do for only two preachers, so join in prayer that the Lord of the Harvest will send us more help, or raise up preachers from out

There is a team of 11; 7 men and 4 women, with off and on

of our midst.

Brothers and sisters, I have tried to share with you the best I can how the work

is going here. My prayer is that it is sufficient to keep you informed.

trying to use the money God is supplying for us through you the very best and wisest

way I can.

How can one conclude a letter except to praise God and bless Him. God bless you too,

and keep you all within His will till the day of the coming of Jesus to deliver us

from this body and life to our new bodies and lives in Heaven.

I am

If I can

help in any other way, please feel free to write and ask me.

Leslie, Rosie, Bob, Leslie Jr., Debbie, Marcia—the WILKERSUN'Sl

FINANCIAL REPORT FROM Forwarding Agent:

January income

1,U96.85

January expenses deducted

161.46

Check sent to Wilkersons

935.39

February income

925.52

Feburary expenses deducted

129.71

Check

sent to Wilkersons

795.81

March income

1,103.00

March expenses deducted

Check sent to Wilkersons

April income

April expenses deducted (82 taxes)

Check sent to Wilkersons only

177.46

925.54

919.63

458.79

460.84

Note from Bro. Larry—you can see from the financial report that Leslie is not

getting but just barely enough to scrape by. Thanks for your gifts to help him.

His report shows that he is reaching souls and helping in new Church evangelism.

Keep your gifts wrapped up in prayer, and keep the Wilkersons lifted up in prayer

Janet Wentworth, Canaan, Indiana, has agreed to help take some of this load

by being Leslie's secretary Yor GTO. At some time in the near future, we will

set it up for you to send your support for Leslie to her, and she will channel

his support thru the GTO Princeton office. We'll keep you posted!

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"SEEKING TO OBEY,THE GREAT COMMISSION AND TAKE THE GOSPEL .INTO ALL THE NATIONS!"

May

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GREETINGS,

PEACE,

ANU JOY,

from God the;Father ,and the Lord Jesus,

to. all our

brethren

In the States.

With joy

and excitement we send this

letter;

May has

been a

busy month for me, and for Rosie and the children as,well.

.Last month 1 mentioned .

about the Churches of Christ Convention that I more preaching meetings were arranged.

got to preach at,

The first was at San Casimiro,

Licab Nueva Eclja,

a provence

and as

a

result

two

of

northern Luzon.

Joel

and

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La

Cruz

is

minister of the Church of Christ there.

Ben Sales,

Leslie Jr.,

worked with

him-from May 9-15.

Now during the Spanish control

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of the Philippines

(1665^to. 1898), this section of

thousands

of acres of land was under the control

of the Nueva Ecija family, and.thus -:

was named Licab Nueva Ecija.

Spain had three goals:

(1) to propagate Catholicism,

(2) to achieve glory, and :(:3) to acquire wealth,

She: did

it .very wel 1 herel

■ Finally, the Filipinos had enough and with the help of America and the Spanish^v.

American War, the Treaty of Paris was,signed on Dec.

,

10, 1898,-thus ending the Spanish

control. But the ironic thing Is that this area was not taken out of the control

of the Spanish-.Ecija family .until

1972, when it

was divided up and put .into plots

for the Fllipano people.

So, this

is the setting for the crusade there.

The first

night of the crusade we got rained put,

so we met with the Christians

of Casimiro, a barrio about 2 miles away from Licab.

The next

day we started house

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to house visitation. Our two goals were (1) tointroduce.the N.T, Church to that,

area, and (2) to fulfill the great commission by the grace of God and power of the

Word

of

God.

Our opposition came mainly from a group that claims to be the "true Church of

Christ" (called Iglesia NI Cristo).

Felix Manalo, a Filipano, who would be in

They were our #1 opposition.

comparison to all

Its founder is

the cults in the world

and a man who was unhappy with all

the true Church, opened the door for Satan, and, started his own.church in. 1914 at the

beginning of WW I, which he said was fulfillment of .prophecy.

the religions

in

the world and set

put to

find

To his followers,

Manalo is

the one sent

of the Angel

of the East.

Their

#

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is to destroy

the Deity of Jesus Christ, thus scripturally, they are "anti-Christ". We had some

opposition from the Catholic Church of course,

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The second night of the crusade we.were rained, out again, so we.met again

with the Casimiro brethren.

The third

day and night, we were, able to

town plaza and preach the gospel openly.

The crowd was not

so large,

meet -In the

but we knew

,

many were

listening from their houses.

The rest

of the

Crusade was about the

same;

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until the

last night.'

dare to be baptized.

Then the .Iglesia NI Cristo-showed up in force to see who would At the.invitation. four:ca.ine and- the Lord added them by baptism

to his body. You might say, "Only four! !" Well if God arid the angels rejoice over

just one, then there was still quite a celebration in Heaven!.

Saturday, we had a

Sunday;

picnic and swim atthe beach for all the workers and neW:converts.

I preach

ed at the Church

in Casitrriro and one more young man came to be baptized.

He

Is

a

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college student who is now talking about transferring to Manila Bible Seminary to

study for the ministry.

Monday, May 16, Ben, Joel, Leslie Jr, Juliet,

a sister

in Christ,

and

I,

went

back to Cavite City and had a day long reunion with Rosie and the other children.

The next

an eight

day

I

left

for another revival in the Southern Region of Luzon, which was

We were to work

in Naga City,

hour bus ride.

Bicol, with Jeremlas C. Rubio,

the minister of

the Church of Christ there.

The Naga City Church of Christ was started in a Crusade conducted by Reggie

as well

as other Churches throughout this area.

led by Ed Thomas,

built the Naga City building in

Thomas of White Fields Evangelism,

The World Wide Church Builders,

September,

1982.

So, on May 17, Bro. Rubio, and his son, Jerry, and I, left from

arriving at Naga City at 6:00 AM on the 18th. Picking up a few more workers, we

went by Jeepney on a rough two hour

for two more hours. When we arrived the brethren greeted us with, "There's a

welcome herel There's a welcome herel A Christian welcome here!" And indeed there

was, from the time we arrived till we left! The area was just beautiful. There

was no electricity, no running water, and our house had a kerosene refrigerator. The area was a "field white unto harvestl" So thru the preaching of the Word during

the day house to house, and in the barrio plaza by night, the Lord was able to add

twenty nine souls tO;be body of Christ on the West coast ia Bicol. ; Also during the

crusade I was able to. preach on the radio

Manila at 8:00 PM,

ride to the West coast, and then took a boat

for the first time, and only .God; knows .

the good that it will do for the message was the Church Jesus Built (Matt 16:18)1 ^

: ,:But not only was there victories for the Kingdom in baptisms, but we made a decision TO MOVE TO THE BICUL REGION-IN DECEMBER, 19831 We are asking'all of you

to pray about this move and our work In Bicol, so that it will be according to God's

will and not just mine.

The place truly won my heart. But the Bible says, LEAN NOT

UNTO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING, BUT TRUST IN THE LORD ALWAYS. Also, that UNLESS THE

LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THE BUILDERS BUILD IN VAIN, so we very much want.God's blessings in this matter as well as all of yours.

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The Bicol Province consists of five major regions, which would be similar to States, Then within these there are cities, towns, and small villages which

make up a population

of about ten mil lion peoplel

We have 18 Church of Christ in this area, but our plans are to increase that

number. We will work thru crusades, radio, house to house evangelism. Bro. Rubio

is receiving support from the Gospel Broadcasting mission, which Bill McClure is Director. So, we are joining our efforts together with the Churches in that area to preach the gospel and establish N.T. Christianity, train leadership, and all we

can do to build up the Body of Christ.

Before I close, I need to tell you about the week after our crusade at Nueva Ecija. Brothers, Joel, Ben and Buena, preached a second week, and twenty-four more were added to the body of Christ, bringing to 28 the number reached there! Amenl.

Amen! and Amenl To Godbe the glory!

Rosle and the children are fine. We are trying to finalize the children's ^

enrollment in school, which is a little harder here because are are aliens and nedd

special permits. Your Filipino brethren here send you all greetings and blessings.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support. We desperately need both! Without God's help, we could not make it.; We just keep trusting him and

trying to-make ends meet. Jesus is coming!! Hebrews 10:25 "LET US NOT GIVE UP THE

HABIT OF MEETING TOGETHER AS SOME ARE DOING: INSTEAD,LET US ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER,

ALL THE. MORE SINCE YOU. SEE THE DAY OF THE LORD IS COMING NEAR!"

FINANCIAL REPORT:

May income.

May expenses deducted.

Check sent to Wilkersons

June income

June-expenses deducted

Check .sent to Wilkersons.

In Christian Love,

Leslie,. Rosie, Bobby,

Leslie Jr, Debbie, Marcia

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JANET WENTWORTH CALLED AS SECRETARY FOR WILKERSONS!

To help take, the office work load off, Janet of the Salem Christian Church, Canaan,

Indiana, wilirbe receiving the Wilkersons missionary support, and sending out the

receipts and letters for Leslie. Funds sent to Princeton office will be forwarded ' on to Janet In Canaan. Janet will send all deposits to Princetonj and I will send

Leslie's check on to him as b^forew Our.thanks to Janet for taking this ministry.

You have, or shortly will be, receiving the new self-addressed envelopes. ,

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SEEKING TO Obey The grEat commission and tare the gospel into all the nations

June 28, 1983 Cavite City, Philippines

YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE PHILIPPINES SEND YOU CHRISTIAN GREETINGS!

And so do Rosie, Bobby, Leslie Jr, Debbie, Marcia, and~X We are all fine and

still seeking to do God's Work. June has passed so fast that is hardly seems It was

here! This month my traveling has slowed down and more time has been spent in Cavite

City working with the Caradad Church of Christ. June 9-13 found Bob, Les Jr and me

in Quezon City, Metro, Manila with the Project Seven Church of Christ. Our reason

for being there, I thought, was evangelism, but upon arrival found out differently.

Our task was to help revive some of the members who had grown cold and gone away from the Lord. So Bro. Martin and I went calling, visiting, to restore them back into

the faith. Then on Sunday I was the speaker. We were to hold services from 4 to 6 PM in the City Jail, but the prisoners in one section started a riot, so we were

unable to get in. Bro. Martin and others members of the Cruzada Church in Manila are

sharing this ministry. Joe Garman of A.R.M has preached here. Two weeks before

they had a crusade and baptized 24 souls into Christ. Anyway, Monday we took the,

day

the week I started trying to learn Tagolog. No one has volunteered to help me, so I prayed and started inyseVf; The basics of this language is simple enough: HCTlettefs,

5 are vowels and 15 are consonants. A,E,I,0,U are vowels and Ba, Ka, Da, Ga, Ha, La,

Ma, Na, Ng, Pa, Ra, Sa,Ta, Wa, & Ya are consonants. W & Y are semi vowels. From this I went to the Philippine Bible, and practiced even though I did not understand everything I was reading, yet I am able to read the Philipino Bible, to God be the

Glory! From here I read for the first time in the congregation in Tagolog, which

was enjoyed by myself and every one else. Next, I must learn with the Lord's help,

to preach in Tagolog.

Bro. Ben has been working in Nueva Cija, and as a result of the crusade I helped preach there, and Ben, Bwena, and Joel of Casamiro, a Church has been established!

off and Tuesday, Bob, Les, and

I took a bus back home to Cavite. The rest of

The first service has held June 12 of the new church. As a result, other area Barrios are interested in the New Testament Church, so a whole new area has opened

up to New Testament Christianity!

Saturday, June 18, I preahed to the youth of Caradad Church on ;"Unity in the

Body." Sunday

morning I preached at Kawit Cavite as the new work there has not

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gotten off the ground as we think It should be. So we plan an Evangelistic Meeting

there October, from which results will detennine our future work there,

June 20-24 I was home resting and taking njedicine to get over the flu, which

I did. June 25 I went to Rosie's grandfather's house to have prayer and Bible study.

He had been sick and couldn't eat, but refused to go to the hospital. He and grand

mother are not Christians, so I explained why I was there and continued. So I hope to continue teaching them, and with your prayers, win them to Christ.

Saturday evening I spoke at the Caradad Dorcas meeting on "Christian Parent's

Responsibilities to Their-Children!" Sunday, June 25 I taught Sunday School Adults, and preached on "What God Expects From Christian Fathers!" In the afternoon I preached at Kawit on "Christians; God's Caretakers!"

The rest of the week I spent at home with the family, and, oh yes! I almost

forgot! Debbie started school on the 20th, and Bob, and Les Jr. started on the 23rd!

Math, Reading, and Science are in English, but the rest of the subjects are in Philipin With June gone, and July 4th coming up, the United States is one year older! And If you haven't forgotten, on July 5, at 8:00 PM, one year ago, we left the good, old, USA! In that year, God has been so good to us! In July we have plans to start

a Bible Study in Cavite City High School and seek to lift up the Lord Jesus there.

Also our plans have been changed to move to Naga City, Bicol, the last of March,

because of the children's schooling. School here starts In June and ends in March,

Thank you once again for your support, prayers, and encouragement. Now, I want to give you some US/Philippine history. Hope you enjoy the lesson.

June 12, 1983 marked 83 years since the Philippines won their independance from

Spain, thus becoming the Republic of the Philippines. The first Philippine Republic

was established in Malolos Bulacan on January 23, 1899. But before this, there^ 1 ;

were many battles and lost of many lives, as well as property. To begin with, we go back to the days of Ferdinan Magellan, the first Spainard to set foot on

Philippine soil. At first, they met little or no resistance from the Filippanos. In fact, if they had not been so hospitable, Magellan and his men would have died*

The first people to rise up against the Spanish was King Lapu-Lapu of Mactan in 1521, The Filipinos submitted to Spanish control, but they did not lose the desire to throw

off the Spanish control over them. As a result there were more than lOU revolts from 1574 until 1872, but because of the lack of unity, these efforts failed. Things changed, however, when a man named Jose Rizal took up the battle cry for freedom. Dr. Rizal used all his talent to free the Philippines frotn the Spanish.

His talents were many. He was a doctor, essayist, poet, novelist, linguist of 22

languages, historian, painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, naturalist, agricultur ist, businessman, traveler, sportsman! The great thing he is loved for was his

concern for his people's freedom. Dr. Rizal was the first leader of Asian National-

Ism. He wrote and spoke about the dignity of the individual, of human rights, sanctity of freedom, equality of all men, education, justice, and happiness. He died in Manila on December 30, 1896, at the hands of the Spanish. As a result of his death, the Filipanos were ready to unite and fight against the Spanish, thus sealing the doom of Spanish rule in the Philippines. His successor, Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Revolutionary Society called Katipunan on August 26, 1896, and thus brought freedom one step closer.

On March 22, 1897, Bonifacio was replaced by General Emilio Aquinaldo. On

November 1, 1897 he established the "Blak-na-Bato Republic", making himself the

President. The Spainlsh authorities realized they could not put the Revolution down

by force, so they agreed to sign an agreement called "Pact of Biak-na-Balo". This

pact was signed on December 14, 1897, which was that Spain agreed to pay Aquinaldo

and his patriots $100,000 dollars in instalments, but Aquinaldo and his patriots

had to go into exile In Hong Kong.

That brings us into the Spanish-American War of 1898. On May 1, 1898, Commadore George Dewey sank Admiral Montojo's fleet in the Manila Bay, which marked America's reign in the Orient. This Battle brought Aquinaldo and his men out of exile. They arrived on Philippine soil by American ship at the Cavlte Providence.

Upon arrival he continued the fight for freedom, by ordering his army to fight with

the Americans, and the people of the Philippines joined in as well. On June 12,

1898, Aquinaldo proclaimed the independance of the Philippines at Kawit Cavite.

Americans and Philipinos, fighting together, captured Manila from the Spanish. On

December 10, 1898, the "Treaty of Paris" was signed ending the "Spanish Aitierican War." The Filipinos were free at last, at least from the Spanish, but the American

Government thought they were not ready or stable enough to stand on their own, so

they were brought under the wing of America, which the Filipanos did not like.

On January 4, 1899 an American soldier shot and killed a Filipano soldier while he was crossing the San Juan Bridge in a suburb of Manila. This started a war and

the Filipanos realized they did not stand a chance against America, but were determined to show they were not going to be walked on, fought back. The War lasted

until 1902 and was costly for the Americans in money as well as lives. The Filipanos

did not win this war, but they won our respect and the two governments worked to gether to help stabilize the country.

During World Wars I a II, the Filipinos and Americans fought together as Allies. At the conclusion of UW II, the Philippines received Independance on.July 4, 1946-and

until recently, they celebrated their Independance on July 4, but have not gone back

to June 12, when Aquinaldo declared freedom in Kawit Cavite.

The Philippines Is a country that is advancing, even though there are somewho think not. They are still fighting to stay free, but this time the enemies are

fighting from within. Does this sound famllar? In researching this mateptal I was;

amazed to see the similarities between our two countries. I hope and pray this . ^

Information will help you understand our field here as we preach the gospel. The

history books say the Philippines is the only Asian Country with such a strong

C¥ristian ihflueh«,"ahd"tliat becWse onhe Roman CathalTc Spanish teaching themr

the concept of one true and living God and father of the Lord Jesus. God knows and;,

we know that the Catholic Church is not the true Church, but they did introduce

the true God to the Filipanos, preparing the way for the Church of Christ. Our first American missionary was Mr and Mrs Leslie Wolf who came here in 1907, and ,

since then the 'truth has been marching on'! God's Servants and yours*

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Bobbie, Leslie Jr, Debbie, Martia

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THE LETTER OF LESLIE TO ALL THE CHRISTIANS-WHO RECEIVE MY NEWSLETTER Tit AMERICA,^ On July 3, I preached at Caridad Church of Christ and two came for baptism. On July 4th, Leslie Jr, Debbie and Marcia became sick with the fever and heat rash, so

Rosie stayed home while I attended the Inter Cavite Christian Youth Fellowship.

There I met Bro. Rubio, who will be working with me at BicoT Region when we move there in April of 1984. He came home with me and we planned another crusade for

Bicol i.n September, '83, including a radfo program; the dates set were July 15-17.

July 5-9 spent at home doing various things, and preached once at Caridad on

"The Sin of Dlvisionl"

July 10 preached at Caridad again on "Stewardship of God's People". Two came

for baptism; one was Rosie's 75 year old Grandfather, and the other was our house

cleaning girl of 15 yrs, Isay.

July 11, Ben, Bwena and I began sessions at Cavite National High School, having

40 minute sessions with thie 4th year students. There are more than 27 sections of

students numbering aprox. 4,000. We are teaching them one section at a time each

Monday and using "Training for Service" from Standard.' We are offering them additional study on Wednesday and Thursday nights, plus we get their names and

addresses for-future evangelistic work.

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July 15-17 was supposed to radio record with Rubi'd, but lacked funds so I was

unable to meet with him as arranged.

July 18 back at the High School; Rubio's son stopped by tO'see why I was not

at radio broadcast. Rubio said not to worry about the funds, to come anyway for

new dates of Aug 5-7.

July 21 went to Pasic Camachili barrio for evangelistic meeting; English is not

used in this barrio much. The work was begun in June by' fellow Filipino preachers. 7 have been baptized. Returning to Cavite City, Ben dsked me tb go with him to

Nueva Cija but as

I did not have the money for bus fare, I

did not go.

July 24 went to serve Rosie's Grandfather the Lord's Supper. One of' his neighbors asked to come talk with him, so Monday thru Wednesday spent working with him and teaching; his problem is drinking. He did not believe it was a sin, but

now

he does and maybe we can further reach him for Jesus. Mb

has 27 in his family.

July 30, Saturday attended the crusade at Pasic Camachili arid two more were baptized.

July 31 preached at Caridad on "Why The Church of Christ is Not Succeeding In Its

Mission". Thus ended the month of July.

(second letter written Sept. 27, and received Get 25)

Revelation 5:6-14, Jesus is coming and 'what kind of people should be

be?

We thank God for your.faithfulness in giving for our work here. We pray God that

He is satisfied, as welT as you, with our work so^ far. We want the work

here to

continue! We must have your continued support/both financially and prayerfully.

With the arrival of August, Ben, Bwena, and I afe'^tfT'l involved at Cavite

High School teaching on-Monday's. Unlike some from denomihations, WE'HAVE NOT BEEN

asked to leave the schopi grounds, and we have not compromised the truth. Our

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hope is to be allowed to,return next year. Our emphasis has been on the authenticity

of the Bible because many here like in the USA say it has so many human errors that

it is not true, thus helping to open the.doors for other writings of groups like

the Catholic Church, Mormons, arid Jehovah Witnesses.

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I try to spend some time studying, being a,father, and helping Rosie around the house. But since the first week-end of August 1 have been going to San Pedro in

Lagunna. Bro. Rubio is buying a house in a new housing project, Pacito Complex,

of some 14,000 homes. H.e has moved his parents in and started a new church in the

house, and already has aprox. 20 members', which are mainly Christians who have

been transferred here from other areas. Our plans are four-fold: (1) letters to

house telling of our plans (2) follow up (3) house to house evangelism, and (4)

worship services each first day of the week.

On Sept 11, Ben and I met with the Elders, Ministers, and other concerned

Christians at Santa Cruz, Lagunna to discuss future work there. We told them of

the new church and they were pleased. They invited me to be the guest speaker on Get 2 for the Anniversary of Leslie Wolfe's starting the Santa Cruze work.

Sept 14, Rubio, his son, and I went to Naga City, Bicol, traveling all day by

bus, arriving at 9 PM. Our purpose was to preach and exhort for the anniversary

of the building constructed by Ed Thomas and the World Wide Church Builders. They

erected the building for this church in 2 weeks, during a typhoon, so many of them

did not think it would stand up thru another typhoon, because they did not do it

like it's done in the Philippines, but it has and in it I preached and exhorted

them all to be faithful to Jesus.

We had one baptism in this 4 day meeting and preached on the radio at Maga, on "The Conversion of a Just Man—Acts 10". We will receive follow up letters to

see how

much good was done.

We went back to Cavite on our all

day, weary, bus

trip, arriving home Monday morning at 7AM. Rosie and the kids were fine, but a thief had broken into our house and stole $30 worth of Pecos, our wall clock, cassette player which was borrowed, and our food. It could have been worse; thank

God it wasn't.

Sept 20, was Happy Birthday to

ne; I am

now 33 years old, and thank God that

I have a healthy body and sound mind. Rosie fixed me a cake, we bought ice-cream, had spagetti which is Philippine custom for one's birthday meal, and Rosie and my kids sang Happy Birthday to me; as a matter of fact Marsha sang it for three daysIU My gifts were salvation, my wife, and our children hugging me and kissing me, and saying God bless you daddy.

Tuesday and Wednesday studied and worked around the house.

Saturday, 24th, Ben and I started for Lorrel, Batangos. We traveled by jeepneys,

buses, and finished on foot.

to reach. The work there was started in June by two Filipano preachers, Colixto and

Soriano. They started out with one woman from Talon Church of Christ and now have

baptized 15 into Christ, with no church building. Plans are to build one out of

bamboo and grass-roof, which is sufficient for this area. We hiked somelO miles

Lorrel is in the mountains and was quite difficult

up and down mountains and across river beds. We used lanterns as electricity has

not reached here yet. We hiked two miles to get water, and take our bath in the

river. Wow! But Sunday morning we assembled with our brethren and broke bread

together and took the blood of the Hew Covenant. As is practiced here where ever

the body of Christ meets, an offering was received, and the worship service was

closed with prayer. Afterwards we took pictures, and enjoyed one another's company.

When we traveled back to Cavite City, we took another route which was longer but half of it was actually a road and the scenery was more beautiful than before!

Mountains, trees, rivers. Lake Taal, named after Taal Volcano which last erupted

in 1964, so we thanked God as we traveled to be able to see this.

the main highway tired, sweaty, and hungry, but thankful no harm had come to us

We arrived at

in traveling. Arriving in Kawit, we had services at the house being rented to

establish a N.T. Church. Only one family has been reached so far, but October and

November are set for evangelistic crusades here. My sermon there was "True Life"

from Romans 8:Iff,

I arrived home Sunday evening to discover an empty house because Rosie and

the kids were at Church, all except Bobby. Rosie did not know where he was. Well

when he came in about 9 PM, we had a

heated session! He said he had been at a

friends house waiting for Rosie, but investigation revealed he had been chosed to

represent his school on a basketball team, so he had sneaked off to play basketball.

I removed him from that team! You might be thinking, "Leslie, that's hard for

the first time punishment." Well, it's not his first time to disobey, and Proverbs says "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child but the rod of correction

will drive it far from him." So, just as God chastizes us, 1 must my son as well.

Here it is Sept 27th already. Time seems to be speeding by faster and faster

all the time.

We can't count on time.

The lives of others we can't count on, but

our own life is in our own control; our destiny is in our own hands.

Jesus askes

"What does it profit if we gain the whole world and lose our own soul?" Our life

is Christ's life when we become Christians. Our destiny is either Heaven or Hell.

God so loved us that he gave his only begotten son! "He that believeth and is

baptized shall be saved

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What shall it be brethren? God's time or your time; "

Christ's life or your life; heaven or hell??

I have tried to let you know about the work here. As I write you, we are all

just fine.

We want God to continue to use us here. Much of our work has been to

the general body of Christ here; not much new churches or baptisms, but we fully except to be doing that soon. Read Eph 3:14-21. We love you all in Christ.

Leslie, Rosie, Bob, Les Jr, Debbie, and Marsha Wilkerson—

P.S, Larry, what does your schedule look like for 84 & 85, Could you organize a

team and come over for a crusade?

(Well, readers, any of you tough enough to go with me, if so????)

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SEEKING TO Obey The great commission And take the gospel into aUl the wurlu!

November 4. 1983 GO TELL OTHERS FOR CHRIST IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Philippians 4:1-7 "So, then, my brothers, how dear you are to me, and how I miss

you! How happy you make me and how proud

I am of you!

This, dear brothers, is how

you should stand firm in your life in the Lbrd. Euodia and Syntyche, please, I beg

you, try to agree as sisters in the Lord. And you too, my faithful partner, I want

you to help these women; for they have worked hard with me to spread the gospel,

together with Clement and all my other fellow workers, whose names are in God's

book of the living.

May you always be joyful in your life in the Lord.

I say again,

rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward all. The Lord is coming soon. Don't worry

about anything, but j_n all your prayers ask' God for what you need, always asking

him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understand

ing, will keep your hearts and minds safe, in union with Jesus Christ."

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Paul wrote these encouraging words to the Church at Philippi, so it is with

joy and confidence that I greet you with the same. I know there are no Euodia's or Syntyche's, or even Clement's, but what was written fits men and women of Christ

even today. All Christians are encouraged to be one in John 17. We are instructed

toqjreach the gospel to all creatures in Mark 16:15? We are also Instructed that^— the 'hope* within us is because Jesus arose from the dead and is coming again in

I Corinthians 15. So brothers and sisters in Christ, we the Wilkerson family, continue to give thanks unto God for your continued support and prayers on our behalf. October came and went by so fast it doesn't even seem that there was an

October. This month found me busy around Cavite during the week- Bro. Ben Sales

and I have been busy visiting members who have been absent from the Lord's Day services. It seems like many have contracted the "dreaded falling disease", or

better known as disobedience to the will of God.

This month has been a bad one for the Cavite National High School. Why?

Because due to the preparation for special events the students are involved in,

when we arrive at school on Mondays, we were unable to meet with the Bible classes.

The last of September Bro. Ben Sales, the Church of Christ at Caridad, and I made

a request to the Mayor to have Bible study. This study was to be held at the Cavite

City Jail on Wednesday mornings from 9 till 11:00 o'clock. We received approval, with the stipulations that it was to be renewable on a monthly basis. However, when

we arrived at the jail the 2nd Wednesday of the month, we were denied entrance. Why?

Because the station commander was not in. We were told to come back that afternoon and talk with the station commander to clear things for the next week. Ben went

and talked and arrangements were made. We were assured there would be no problems

when we came the next time. But, alas, when we arrived we were denied entry for

the same reason.

station commander, I was going to make sure there would be no problems the next

week. He was very apologetic, called in the warden and told him v/e were not to be denied entrance again. And if we had any more problems, come to him and we would

get them worked out. I was unable to be with Ben the next week, as I was out of

Well, I must admit, I was quite upset and when we met with the

Caridad.

I have not talked with Ben, but I am sure he was able to get in and have

Bible study with the prisoners.

The second week of October, four high school age boys and one girl came to our

house at night for Bible study. We started in the gospel of Mark studying. However,

after four nights, they have not returned.

All of my weekends were spent in San Pedro Laquna. This is a new work and

has a

membership of 20 Christians. This work was started by Jeremias C Rubio in his home.

I have been asked to help establish this body of believers as well as evangelize in

this housing project. There are 14,000 houses in this complex and with God's help,

we will reach them for Jesus. We will be working with this new Church until we

come home on furlough in 1986 or 1987. Our plans are to move to San Pedro in April

of 1984 after Bob and Les Jr. are out of school.

These 20 Christians transferee! to San Pedro from other churches in Manila and

Valenquela, Bulacan

in San Pedro.

P.U So they are not newly baptized as the -result.o^f. the work

On Saturday, Oct 22, I preached at the Caridad Christian Youth Fellowship. My topic was "Trust and Obey." My text was I Sam 15:22,23. Sunday morning I preached

at Caridad Church of Christ on "We Have An Altar!" That afternoon, Rosle and I went

to San Pedro to meet M/M Clyde Brooker of Ft. Scott, Kansas. They were in the Philippines as the advance team for World Wide Church Builders, Ed Thomas, director. They were an enjoyable and pleasant couple to meet and talk with. It seems they

are quite missionary minded. They had traveled to Africa, India, Haiti, and many

other places which Tcan'^t remember. The team was coming in November to build a

Church building at BocaTod, near Cebu, which is in the southern part of the P.I. Cebu is where Ray Carlson is working. There is Cebu Bible Seminary as well, which I believe Bro. Carlson started. Saturday, Oct 29, I was part of the C.Y.F youth fellowship at Laguna and I helped give out medals for those who won them in music, drama, preaching, memorization of speeches and delivery. In the afternoon, I visited two churches in Laguna to start the process of reviving them thru a week's revival

and once a month seminars and teaching sessions.

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Monday, Oct 31, I was still at San Pedro talking and planning our work with

Bro. Rubio, when one of the brothers brought us some v/onderful news. There is a lot, with a building constructed on it. The area is 305 square meters and it was for

sale. The price of downpayment to secure right of ownership is $1,428.57 or 20,000

pisos. The deadline for this payment is Nov. 30, so we started a fund raising

campaign here among the churches. I would also like for the Christians and the Churches that this newsletter reaches also to consider this need and send help. But

this is only a

downpayment. The total cost will be Pisos 300,000 which at 14 to 1

is $21,428.57, It is my goal to .raise.$6,000 to help, toward this project. It is

my intention to send pictures and more'information to our supporters as well as

other churches for this

project.

.This lot and,house will be used for housing my

family, as well as the Church services on Sunday. Later there will be extentions made to separate the house from the auditorium. The property will belong to the

Church of Christ at Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna, arid not to me or GTO.

As

God spoke to Moses to tell the children of Israel to take for him an offering in

order to build and furnish the tabernacle, so I'am askihg the people of God to rise

up and meet this challenge. May God .bless'-and guide you,al 1 in any decision.

^ As I began this newsletter with the word of G6d,'so'I will finish with the

same: Ephesians 6:18,19, "Do all this in prayer, askihg for God's help. Pray^

on every occasion, as the Spirit'leads.- For'this reason'keep'alert and never give^

up; pray

always fop all God's people. And pray also for me, that God wilT give me a

message, when I am ready to speak, that 1 may speak boldly and make known the

gospel's secret."

Rosie, Bob, Les Jr., Debbie and Marcia all send their love and Christian greetings. We are all fine in the Lord, not perfected, bdt working toward that goal.

Love. In Christ—THE

WILKERSON FAMILY

SUMMARY OF OUR FINANCIAL NEEDS:

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1. $1,478,57 for downpayment on house and lot for new church work at San Pedro.

2. $6,000 toward total payment on lot and house towards the $21,000 total payment.

3. $500 to make full payment for a jeep.-

4, We need to raise ;our monthly support up to $2,000 monthly. Any help toward this goal Would be greatly appreciated.

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